The slew of recalls related to Takata's potentially deadly airbags continues unabated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru's recall roster has now grown to affect some 81,100 vehicles registered in the U.S.
Subaru's enlarged, nationwide recall is intended to replace passenger-side Takata-brand airbags -- devices that NHTSA had previously been happy to see recalled only in certain parts of the country. Those geographic limitations were put in place because the problem with Takata's airbags appears linked to persistent humidity, like the kind found in states along the Gulf Coast. That humidity can destabilize the ammonium nitrate used to deploy Takata's airbags, causing them to explode. Such incidents are responsible for at least six deaths and dozens of injuries.
Subaru's recall now affects the following vehicles from coast to coast:
- 2004-2005 Subaru Impreza vehicles built between January 28, 2003 and May 31, 2005
- 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles built between February 11, 2004 and March 17, 2005
Those vehicles had previously been recalled only in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Subaru says that it will mail recall notices to owners no later than July 27, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to a dealership, where the passenger-side front airbag inflator will be replaced.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to call Subaru customer service at 800-782-2783 and ask about recall WQR-53, or call Saab customer service at 800-955-9007. If you like, you can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign 15V323000.